Media Advisory - Canadian Federation of Students releases final report of the Task Force on the Needs of Muslim Students

    TORONTO, March 20 /CNW/ - The Canadian Federation of Students will
release its report on the needs of Muslim students at Ontario colleges and
universities tomorrow. The Federation's Task Force on the Needs of Muslim
Students compiled its report based on the statements of nearly 1,000 Muslim
students and in consultation with the Ontario Human Rights Commission. The
report, which is the first of its kind in North America, will make
recommendations for improved responsiveness to the growing Muslim community at
colleges and universities and on the issue of Islamophobia on campus.
    The report is being released on the International Day for the Elimination
of Racial Discrimination to draw attention to the unequal treatment of Muslim
students on Ontario campuses. The report reveals instances of overt acts of
Islamophobia and day-to-day barriers that Muslim students face at colleges and
universities. The report will also examine positive approaches currently in
place at some institutions and provide recommendations for improvement.
    Copies of the Report will be distributed at the media conference and then
be made available on the Federation's website

    The Canadian Federation of Students is comprised of over 500,000 students
across Canada, and more than 300,000 in Ontario. The Federation's campaign "No
Islamophobia, Anti-Semitism, Racism" is in wide use on college and university
campuses across Ontario.

    DATE:     Wednesday, March 21, 2007

    TIME:     10:00 am

    PLACE:    International Student Centre, Cumberland Room, University of
              33 St. George Street, Toronto

              -  Jesse Greener, Ontario Chairperson, Canadian Federation of
              -  Mohamed Sheibani, President, Muslim Students' Association
                 National of the U.S. and Canada
              -  Ausma Malik, Vice-President Equity, Students' Administrative
                 Council of the University of Toronto
              -  Wahida Chishti Valiante, National Vice-President, Canadian
                 Islamic Congress

For further information:

For further information: Jesse Greener, Ontario Chairperson: (416)
925-3825 or (416) 301-5747 (cell)

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